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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

Animal health and nutrition

Like human health, animal health may be threatened by various pathogens (bacteria, viruses, parasites), some of which can also affect human health (zoonoses). ANSES contributes to the prevention and control of the major and emerging animal diseases affecting both farm animals and wildlife, and in doing so participates in the protection of public health.

The Agency assesses the health and nutritional risks of animal feed, the benefits of the products used, the treatment processes and the risks to humans of the consumption of animal-based foodstuffs. Via the French Agency for Veterinary Medicinal Products, ANSES is also the competent French authority for the assessment and management of veterinary medicinal product risks.

COVID-19: wild and domestic animals play no epidemiological role in sustaining or spreading the virus in France

Following the acquisition and analysis of new scientific data, ANSES updated the expert appraisal it had published in April 2020 on potential transmission of COVID-19 via domestic animals. The Agency confirms that to date, domestic and wild animals have played no epidemiological role in sustaining or spreading SARS-CoV-2 in France, where the spread of the virus is currently due to human-to-human transmission by the respiratory route. However, it ...

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Published on 19/11/2020

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